In case you missed it, read CRRU's latest blog post — Still marching: International Women’s Day and the demand for universal child care.
How do you build a Canada-wide childcare system? Fund the services
First Policy Response, 8 March 2021
This article by Andrew Bevan, Kate Bezanson and Monica Lysack identifies obstacles to building a national child care system, including negotiating pandemic federalism; overcoming complexity inertia, and navigating electoral deliverables without taking shortcuts and discusses how to navigate these challenges. The authors propose using federal funds to directly fund child care services through concurrent funding of service fee caps, increased wages for the workforce and the development of expansion strategies.
COVID further clouded the outlook for Canadian women at risk of disruption
Royal Bank of Canada, 4 March 2021
This report provides updated figures on the impact of the pandemic on women’s labour force participation and skill depreciation in Canada. Alarming figures indicate that ten times more women than men have fallen out of the workforce since February 2020 and women from vulnerable populations (lower-earning workers, youth, mothers, immigrants, and visible minorities) were hit hardest. As women remain out of the workforce for long periods of time, they risk skill erosion, affecting their ability to move into new roles in the future. The report highlights that many service sector jobs that are predominantly female occupied will no longer exist, resulting in the need for training and reskilling programs as well as affordable child care to achieve an inclusive recovery.
CA: Canada takes steps to make 'feminist' budget addressing women's post-pandemic challenges
Reuters, 8 March 2021
YT: Universal child care program details released
Whitehorse Daily Star, 9 March 2021
Research, policy and practice
Yukon early learning and child care funding program: Questions and answers for families
Government of Yukon, March 2021
This FAQ guide provides families in the Yukon an understanding of the new funding initiative for licensed child care programs. This initiative will see the Government of Yukon providing licensed early learning and child care operators who choose to opt in to the funding programs with $700 for each child in full-time child care to reduce monthly payments for parents. Parents of children in part-time programs will receive a pro-rated reduction.
Women, work and COVID-19
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 8 March 2021
This report looks at the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economic security of women in Canada and the current efforts to respond to urgent economic need in the short to medium term, as well as demands for fundamental systemic change moving forward. The report focuses on three areas: women’s labour force participation, assessing government programs and income supports and examining gaps in the system and proposes measures to support women through the pandemic and return to the labour market.
Evidence review of the global childcare crisis and the road for post-COVID-19 recovery and resilience
FemDev, IDRC, GrOW East Africa, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation & IWWAGE, 18 Feb 2021
This paper provides an analysis of ways the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the global childcare crisis and recommends a series of policy options that could be explored in different contexts by governments and other global partners. The report focuses on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The authors note that child care is not a silver bullet in tackling women's disproportionate burden of care work. Indeed, eldercare, domestic work and caring for the sick or disabled are also an important part of the conversation around COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
Data and policy to guide opening schools safely to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection
JAMA Network, 26 January 2021
This article summarizes data and policy on the COVID-19 response in K-12 schools across the US as a guide to future policies regarding in-person instructional delivery. Community-based policies that reduce transmission and school-based policies to postpone school-related activities that can increase risk of in-school transmission are identified as important commitments to ensure the future social and academic welfare of all students.
Child care in the news
CA: Affordable, accessible, and high-quality child care with Armine Yalnizyan
Uncommons.ca Podcast, 4 March 2021
CA: Liberals told to think beyond child care in work to craft ‘shecession’ recovery plan
CTV News, 8 March 2021
CA: Ottawa names gender equality task force in run-up to federal budget
The Toronto Star, 8 March 2021
NL: Lockdown 'survival mode' leaves parents of young children struggling with mental health
CBC News, 7 March 2021
PE: P.E.I. to roll out free, public pre-kindergarten this September
CBC News, 5 March 2021
QC: Éducatrice en milieu de garde : un métier valorisant… mais peu valorisé!
Journal Les 2 Rives, 3 March 2021
MB: Editor’s take: Child care a necessity
Manitoba Cooperator, 11 February 2021
SK: One-time grants to support licensed child-care facilities in Saskatchewan
Global News, 4 March 2021
AB: Why universal childcare is the best investment Alberta can make
Medium, 8 February 2020
BC: Greater Victoria is getting over 300 new licensed child care spaces; here’s where they’ll be
Victoria Buzz, 2 March 2021
BC: Penticton chosen for B.C.’s first publicly-funded pre-school program
Global News, 2 March 2021
US: The great COVID child care awakening
Romper, 8 March 2021
US: Managing childcare: The power of family-friendly and inclusive cities
Forbes, 27 February 2021
INTL: COVID childcare crisis reversing decades of women's economic progress – report
The Guardian, 8 March 2021
Frontlined and sidelined: What’s next for women and the economy?
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 12 March 2021 @12:00 PM (EST)
In this event, Katherine Scott and Anjum Sultana from YWCA Canada will host a discussion of the economic crisis, the Canadian response to date, and what we can expect in the upcoming federal budget.